How long is residency and what is an internship?

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How long is residency and what is an internship?

Residency vs. Internship

The question “how long is residency” is one that seems to confuse almost everyone. Also, the idea of “what is a medical internship” is confusing as well. That’s because a medical internship is a completely different animal than a typical internship, say in business, public relations or social work.

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Here’s the quick answer to both questions:

What is an Internship?

The first year of a medical residency is called an internship. Essentially, a first year resident is completing their medical internship.

How long is a residency?

Medical residencies last from 3-7 years in total. Most medical residencies are four years long, with surgical residencies being five years long. A neurosurgery residency is the longest, at seven years. Here’s a list of different  residencies and their length:

Emergency Medicine 3-4 years
Family Practice 3 years
Internal Medicine 3 years
Pediatrics 3 years
Obstetrics-Gynecology 4 years
Pathology 4 years
Psychiatry 4 years
General Surgery 5 years
Neurosurgery 7 years
Orthopedic Surgery 5 years (includes 1 year of general surgery)
Otolaryngology 5 years
Urology 5 years (includes 1 year of general surgery)
Plastic Surgery 6 years
Anesthesiology 3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Dermatology 3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Neurology 3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Ophthalmology 3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Physical Medicine 3-4 years
Diagnostic Radiology 4 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Radiation Oncology 4 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Transitional/Preliminary 1 year

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